What Do I Need To Bring?
A physician order including the amount of blood to be withdrawn, the frequency of donation, and the desired hemoglobin level are all required. A health history and mini-physical are done, as well as a consent for phlebotomy is given.
How Often Can I Give?
As often as every few days may be needed to improve the symptoms of the blood disorder. Phlebotomies may be scheduled on a regular basis, such as monthly, or as needed in response to the symptoms of the disease after the initial desired results are reached.
Can I Give To Patients?
Most cannot, but in 1999 the FDA approved that the blood from people with hereditary hemochromatosis posed no greater risk than blood obtained from volunteer blood donors -provided the patient meets all screening and testing requirements.
What diseases are treated by
The three most common reasons for phlebotomy are:
It is defined as a disorder of the way the body uses iron. The body absorbs too much of the iron found in the foods we eat. This extra iron is stored in the body, mainly in the liver, pancreas and skin, which leads to cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, enlarged heart with congestive heart failure, irregular heartbeat and increased skin pigmentation.
This is an increase in the number of circulating red blood cells and total blood volume.
This would include metabolic disorders associated with hepatosplenomegaly (enlargement of the spleen and liver), photosensitivity (sensitivity to light), pigmentation, and a distinct red color in the urine.